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KTAR's seventh annual Action for Autism benefiting SARRC -- Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center -- happened Wednesday.

The one-day fundraising event reaped $361,696 from generous Arizonans.

You can HELP by calling 602-368-8188 or by going to

Established in 1997, SARRC's mission is to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.

The Center for Disease Control released new data last week showing that 1 in 68 children in the United States have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

• This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in 88 children.

• The data continues to show that ASD is almost five times more common among boys than girls: 1 in 42 boys versus 1 in 189 girls.

• The report also shows most children with ASD are diagnosed after age 4, even though ASD can be diagnosed as early as age 2.

You can learn more about SARRC by visiting

8:30 a.m.:

The first toteboard update of the day rolls in at more than $33,000. A great start to Action for Autism and World Autism Awareness Day. Thank you Arizona.

12:00 p.m.: The Bruce St. James Show finishes up with the toteboard reading $136,490. Half-way through for the day and more than $100,000 raised for SARRC. Thank you, Arizona.

2:00 p.m.: The mid-afternoon update has the toteboard reading $180,450. A huge surge during the lunch hours.,

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